Dungog's Commonwealth Bank staff fundraising for farmers

WEAR YOUR FLANNO FOR A FARMER: Sam Rumbel, Donna Skinner, Karen Hancock and Karen Nairne (front) with the donated bales up for silent auction and the wall of donations at the Commonwealth Bank's Dungog branch.

WEAR YOUR FLANNO FOR A FARMER: Sam Rumbel, Donna Skinner, Karen Hancock and Karen Nairne (front) with the donated bales up for silent auction and the wall of donations at the Commonwealth Bank's Dungog branch.

Commonwealth Bank Dungog is raising funds to support farmers suffering from the worst drought on record, with the proceeds being distributed to the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners.

Branch staff and customers are working together to fundraise for the organisation, which is delivering much needed hay to assist farmers across regional NSW.

Within days of starting the “buy a bale” project, the branch’s wall is fast being filled with stickers noting the $20 donations.

All 162 Commonwealth Bank branches in Regional NSW and ACT will be supporting the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners, with funds raised used to purchase hay and fuel for the trucks transporting it across the state. 

Branch staff wear their flannelette shirts on Fridays and are encouraging all businesses in Dungog to wear their flanno to work on Friday, August 17.

The branch staff will host a special fundraising event that day where visitors can buy home baked treats, take part in a lolly guessing competition or purchase a ticket in a raffle for prizes donated by local businesses.

There’s also the silent auction of two bales of hay which have been donated by Norco.

“It is great to see local branch staff and customers coming together to support our local farmers who are going through a time of significant hardship,” says Commonwealth Bank Dungog Branch Manager, Karen Hancock.

“The Burrumbuttock Hay Runners are doing inspiring and important work by supporting farms across the region.

“When we first heard about the initiative we knew we had to take part and help make a difference in our community.”

Set up in 2014, the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners have completed 12 successful hay runs to help drought-affected farmers all over New South Wales and Queensland.

The largest hay run in April 2016 used 258 trucks and 406 trailers to deliver $6 million of hay, feeding 300,000 animals.​